Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video Understand web and app parts, part of SharePoint Online 2017: Beyond the Basics.
- [Narrator] This is another one of the sites in Kinetico. This one is called Service. It has task lists with the timeline, that's one web part. Below this it has Service Calls, another. To the right, Documents, a web part describing our document library. You see every time I add an app to a SharePoint site, there's a corresponding web part, a presentation layer, that's created for it. The web part presents information for the app. When we have a web part that is specifically showing application information from within my site, that's actually called an app part.
So all app parts are web parts, but some web parts aren't app parts. So for example, when I look at the document library I see a web part that has a title at the top, Documents. It then has a tool bar at the bottom, after the list of the documents in the library. It has a link, a place that I can drag files to upload them automatically to the library. When I created the documents library, I automatically got this app part, because the assumption is that I simply don't want to pump documents into a library, I'd like to be able to see them, to sort them, to view them, to have a way to access them directly.
Often when we talk about SharePoint, we have a page that displays a document library, but it really doesn't. It displays a web part that describes the document library. These documents aren't here. These documents are stored in SQL Server. The data doesn't live here in the app. What's in the application is a description of what can be stored here. So the document library has a description that says, this is what can be stored here, documents. Service Calls, to the left, has the description of what can be stored there, the results of individual surveys, people filling out individual forms.
So the data doesn't live in the app, and it certainly doesn't live in the app part or web part, which is nothing more than a specification for displaying the information from the app. If we look at our documents library, here on the home page, this is one web part that shows information from the library, but it's not the only one. If I click the title, Documents, it will take me to yet another page where I see another web part, another view of the documents library. Back on the home page, I had multiple web parts.
At the top I have my task list and timeline, followed by service calls. Under that, my micro-feed, Newsfeed, and to the right, Documents.
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